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X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:44 pm
by ljapa
In looking for some information on the toxicity levels of nitrite and nitrate for turtles, I've bee deep down the rabbit hole of scholarly articles on RES. I didn't find what I was looking for, but did find some cool stuff, including a 2004 dissertation trying to examine the dietary change from carnivore to herbivore in yellow bellied sliders.

However, I did find a short veterinary article describing the case of a 2.5 year old RES who went in because of eating too much aquarium gravel.

I know some RES don't do this, but if I hadn't switched to sand, this would convince me:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article ... 2-0057.pdf

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:51 pm
by CrushTheTurtle
That's no bueno at all. Upgrading my tank to a 60 gal. this weekend. Forsure getting rid of gravel, for good.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:03 am
by vear
Wow, what a great article. That xray is nuts! Maybe we should put this link in the "get rid of the gravel" thread.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:53 pm
by Into_the_Mystic
vear wrote:Wow, what a great article. That xray is nuts! Maybe we should put this link in the "get rid of the gravel" thread.

That's a great idea! :)

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:00 pm
by Kansasslider
That's just why we preach no gravel! Thanks. On the sand. I guess I need to make a vid on how easy it is to clean! I don't think newbies believe me when I tell them its easy to clean.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:16 am
by Into_the_Mystic
Kansasslider wrote:That's just why we preach no gravel! Thanks. On the sand. I guess I need to make a vid on how easy it is to clean! I don't think newbies believe me when I tell them its easy to clean.

I agree. I use my fish net and just scoop, sift and toss in the toilet any waste on the bottom. I don't have to do it that often either. Maybe once a month or so.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:15 pm
by MyTurtleMartina
This shows a great reason why people should not use gravel. I like to use big river rocks. Or even rocks that I find at the beach.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:40 pm
by Kansasslider
MyTurtleMartina wrote:This shows a great reason why people should not use gravel. I like to use big river rocks. Or even rocks that I find at the beach.

Also not easy to clean and traps debris. Also not highly reccomended for turtle tanks. Depending on how big and how many your talking about. Sand by far gets top marks in my book.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:16 pm
by MyTurtleMartina
Kansasslider wrote:
MyTurtleMartina wrote:This shows a great reason why people should not use gravel. I like to use big river rocks. Or even rocks that I find at the beach.

Also not easy to clean and traps debris. Also not highly reccomended for turtle tanks. Depending on how big and how many your talking about. Sand by far gets top marks in my book.


My Mom keep stopping me from using aquarium sand, and she keeps stating its gonna be hard to clean, and I keep trying to tell her its not that hard. If it were only me cleaning the tank than I could put sand in. Although my filters would probably suck in the sand. :/

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:00 am
by steve
Nice find ljapa! And per suggestions, I've added this into that gravel sticky.

@MyTurtleMartina - The intake shouldn't be that low to the bottom of the aquarium with or without sand.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:28 am
by MyTurtleMartina
@Steve - That is true, but right now I have a baby snapper, and he aint the greatest swimmer. So the filters are pretty low, but once I can get more stuff into the tank I will raise the waters.

Re: X-ray of turtle that ate gravel

PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:01 am
by newresmama
My res never ate his gravel, but I haven't put sand in either. I find that just river rocks at the bottom make it easier for me to keep him entertained. I can hide treats between them and not have to worry about him kicking the sand up. Plus all I have to do to clean is move the rocks around and sweep a net through the water. The filter is cleaning up most of his waste, but the anachris debris doesn't get to the filter.... maybe I will try it in the future, but not right now